Remember the TV series “My Three Sons”? Many of us probably only remember it through reruns, but it told the story of a single father raising three boys, starring Fred MacMurray and a lot of sweaters and pipes, if memory serves. That’s actually part of the point, because Barack Obama cast himself in a new family in two speeches last week, this one called His Two Sons … and it’s not the first time:
At the Iowa State Fair Grounds on Thursday, Obama said: “We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood or taking away affordable birth control. We don’t need that. I want women to control their own health choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same economic opportunities as my sons. We’re not turning back the clock. We’re not going back there.”
The video of the speech posted by the Des Moines Register also shows that despite his slip about “my sons,” the president was speaking with the help of a teleprompter.
On Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, Calif., Obama made the same mistaken reference to “my sons.”
“We don’t need another political fight about ending a woman’s right to choose, or getting rid of Planned Parenthood, or taking away access to affordable birth control,” Obama said, according to the White House transcript of his speech. “I want women to control their own health care choices, just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as my sons. We’re not rolling back the clock.”
In other recent speeches, Obama delivered virtually the same line as he did at the Iowa State Fair Grounds and at the Fox Theatre but said “your sons” instead of “my sons.”
Well, the good news is that Obama doesn’t have to worry about his daughters being treated differently than his sons. The bad news is that Obama and his speechwriters haven’t learned from their exact same mistake in January. Why not just say “our sons” and “our daughters”? Does it always have to be about Obama himself, so much so that he and his speechwriters invent phantom sons for his speeches?
That’s all right, though. I’m pretty sure this show will get canceled before the next season starts, and will be replaced by Happy Days.
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